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ROAD ADVISORY:
LANE CLOSURE –GILA HOT SPINGS AREA
NM 15 at mile post 42 roadway will be intermittently closed due to blade patching. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. The closure will be lifted at approximately 5:00 pm.

ROAD ADVISORY:
LANE CLOSURE – GLENWOOD AREA
US 180 from mile post 51 to 52 roadway will be intermittently closed due to blade patching. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and be cautious of personnel and equipment in the area. The closure will be lifted at approximately 5:00 pm.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Water Commission met in Hurley on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.

Gary Berg of OCCAM Engineers said the plans (to get water to Hurley) are in the hands of the Drinking Water Bureau for approval. "We have answered a few comments and questions. A letter of approval should come out next week around Sept. 29. As soon as we get a good report, we will get the bidding documents together and get bidding done for the production well."

Priscilla Lucero, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments executive director, said a lot has happened since the last commission meeting in December.

rock slide rsPhotographer Dave Schuhmann photographed the rock slide that happened just south of Bayard on U.S. 180.

The Community Development Council met September 13, 2017 to award Community Development Block Grant Awards. The Council awarded $12,274,835 to project around the state and allocated $1.5 to the Economic Development Set-aside and $507,000 to the Planning Set-aside. A special acknowledgement was given to the Town of Hurley ranking 4th for expending funds efficiently and effectively and coming under budget. Award recipients are as follows:

Village of Santa Clara
Bayard St. Improvements
$750,000

santa claraSam Baca, Community Development Council Representative; Stephanie Schardin-Clarke, Community Development Council Chair; Richard Bauch, Mayor; Jolene Slowen, Local Government Division Bureau Chief. 

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Krystyna Robbins, artist from El Paso, TX, served as the judge for the 2017 Grant County Art Guild 32nd Annual Purchase Prize Show. A reception took place at the guild's gallery in the Pinos Altos Church in Pinos Altos, NM.

The show featured 51 works of art by 29 artists. Tom Vaughan, who along with his wife, Sandy Feutz, organized the show, said: "Because they are all New Mexico artists, we had to import the judge."

[Editor's Note: This is the fifth and final article in a multi-part series of articles covering the almost five-hour long Grant County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The next items covered in this article will include the agreements and resolutions, and county reports of the Grant County combined work session and regular meeting, which took place on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

The first agreement approved addressed the investment grade energy audit and project proposal. County Manager Charlene Webb said it was the final draft.

County Attorney Abigail Robinson said she had pulled it from last month's agenda, because the company was going through a transition from the parent company.

By Hallie Richwine

The Public Forum on Thursday, September 21 at WNMU’s Miller Library showcased the topic of Constitution Day and Banned Books Week. Michelle Reed served as the emcee and explained that Banned Books Week generates interest in many titles. Whether we didn’t know a particular book was banned or we are curious about the content, Banned Books Week creates a bit of excitement.

Reed read from the Freedom To Read statement, which is a list of seven propositions introduced in 1953 at the Westchester Conference of the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council. Organizations such as the Association of American Publishers have adopted and renewed them.. The end of the Freedom to Read statement states boldly: “We believe...that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.”

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